Turns up the Heat: Club Shadowlands Review

Posted February 22nd, 2013 by in *Review / 1 comment

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club shadowlandsTitle: Club Shadowlands
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: Jan 2009
Classification: Adult Novel
Content: Erotic Romance and Mature Scenes

Summary from Goodreads:

Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she’s sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she’s a professional woman–an accountant–and surely isn’t a submissive…is she?

Master Z hasn’t been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She’s intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can’t resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

My Thoughts:

This might be a reoccurring theme for me and erotic novels; Submissive people. Now my other review  for this month was Taken, which you all can read after you read this review but both books deal with submissive characters. Club Shadowlands attempts to steal the show when it comes to sheer dominance of one over another.

I found the premise of this book to seem a bit like a bad porno; Jessica (our leading lady) gets stranded on the side of the road after her car decides to die on her and ends up in a private bondage club. Cue porn music annnnnnnnnnnd go! But no, this story does have some substance to it.


I enjoyed how Jessica was so reluctant at first to even admit she was interested in this entire situation. Her mind was telling her no but her body was telling her yes. The scenario of a bondage club was set up nicely and that was something which was crucial to the story. I might be familiar with a great many things but personally, I have never been to a bondage club. It seems as though whips and chains are the norm, but it incorporates so much more than that. It is a lifestyle unlike any I had ever encountered and I was glad that it was detailed so thoroughly. The sex scenes themselves, perhaps the focal point of most erotic tales, were executed nicely and I was entertained by them. I thought they were detailed quite nicely and were not too overt. They still gave off a sense of respect during them and were not tasteless by any stretch.


Master Z. His character just seemed so awkward to me. He is supposed to be some powerhouse stud and he falls so quickly for Jessica. Why? ‘Oh she is unlike any woman I have ever met’. Really? Well it wasn’t that aspect of his character that irked me. It was his demeanor. One moment he would make Jessica out to be his one and only, but then he would be so cold and distant to her and to the outside world. Is that playing up to some persona or is he just confused? I know I was confused and since I was reading the story, being confused about your leading man is not a good thing. I didn’t feel as though we, the reader, could connect to him on any level.

Overall, this story was just ok. I could consider it a bust for me, but it was not a total loss. I finished the story in a short amount of time but I am not sure I would read the follow up. It was entertaining while it lasted but nothing too amazing.


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